Every Big Ten Football Team Ranked by Number of Returning Starters

By David Hayes
Justin Fields is one of the most important starting players for the Ohio State Buckeyes in the 2020 college football season.
Justin Fields is one of the most important starting players for the Ohio State Buckeyes in the 2020 college football season. / Quinn Harris/Getty Images
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As the final 2020 NFL Draft results fade further into the rear-view mirror, we're starting to get a better understanding of what the 2020 college football season will look like.

Now that we know which talents have made the leap the leap to the next level between draft picks and undrafted free-agent signings, we have a much better idea of what the returning units for each college football program's squad will look like come this fall. Keeping that in mind, here's a breakdown of each Big Ten football team's returning starters.

Big Ten Returning Starters 2020 by Team

1. Northwestern Returning Starters: (19)

Offense: 10
Defense: 9

2. Indiana Returning Starters: (17)

Offense: 8
Defense: 9

3. Purdue Returning Starters: (17)

Offense: 9
Defense: 8

4. Rutgers Returning Starters: (17)

Offense: 9
Defense: 8

5. Nebraska Returning Starters: (15)

Offense: 10
Defense: 5

6. Wisconsin Returning Starters: (15)

Offense: 6
Defense: 9

7. Illinois Returning Starters: (14)

Offense: 9
Defense: 5

8. Penn State Returning Starters: (14)

Offense: 9
Defense: 5

9. Minnesota Returning Starters: (13)

Offense: 9
Defense: 4

10. Iowa Returning Starters: (12)

Offense: 7
Defense: 5

11. Maryland Returning Starters: (11)

Offense: 7
Defense: 4

12. Michigan Returning Starters: (11)

Offense: 5
Defense: 6

13. Ohio State Returning Starters: (11)

Offense: 6
Defense: 5

14. Michigan State Returning Starters: (10)

Offense: 7
Defense: 3


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